As highlighted in today's Daily Mail, The Drood Inquiry is now taking votes on whether Edwin is dead or alive, who marries who, and other important questions left hanging in The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Go here to vote -- and then come back and tell us how you voted!
With help from their readers, Buzzfeed put together a list of "51 of the Most Beautiful Sentences in Literature." A sentence from A Tale of Two Cities came in at number 12. Click here and scroll down to see which one!
Which sentence from Dickens would you have nominated for the list?
BookRiot has a quiz asking you to guess the Dickens title from the illustration. (They also give you quotes to help out.) I got 9 out of 10. See how well you do! There are no buttons to click, so you'll have to keep track on paper or in your head.
Brett Janes, who did such a nice job compiling Dickens's opening lines, has now compiled his closing lines! Go here to see them all and to vote for your favorite. (Obviously, spoilers abound, so proceed at your own risk!)
Blogger Brett Janes has posted a list of opening sentences from all of Dickens's novels and novellas, for the excellent reason that no one else had done it yet. And then he set up a poll! Go here to vote for your favorite.
The Invisible Woman is a film that goes to great lengths to uncover the hidden Dickens, a Dickens unfamiliar to those who enjoy his happy endings and the moralistic brushstrokes that redeem Scrooge through Bob Cratchit’s tightly knit family.
Here, Ralph Fiennes has taken the sordid side of Dickens from Claire Tomalin’s biography of Ellen “Nelly” Ternan, and infused it into the film with no lack of passion, but a great deal of narrative depth and integrity. After the Toronto screening I saw, director/star Ralph Fiennes and his co-star Felicity Jones talked about their passion for the script as well as for the source material. The young Jones was challenged by the “meat” she found in the role.
At the same time, though, the film waded into soap opera territory: straining to find a dark side to Dickens that scholars know existed, without balancing his lesser qualities with his great talent.
Happy New Year! We have a little something extra to celebrate this month: This blog's fifth anniversary! It was January 26, 2009 when I posted here for the first time. It's been five wonderful years of Dickensian fun and fellowship, and I hope you've all enjoyed it as much as I have!
In honor of the occasion, I'll hold a drawing on the 26th, and there will be prizes! To enter, all you have to do is answer this question in the comment section: Why do you read Dickensblog?